SCEPA is the economic policy research arm of the department of economics at The New School for Social Research. Our team of faculty and research associates work from the broad and critical perspectives of post-Keynesian, neo-classical, classical and institutionalist schools of thought.

Through its research, SCEPA works to focus the public economics debate on the role government can and should play in the real productive economy - that of business, management, and labor - to raise living standards, create economic security, and attain full employment.

SCEPA's leadership and researchers regularly present testimony and papers before Congress, international bodies, state and local public commissions and academic conferences. For example:

  • SCEPA Director Teresa Ghilarducci testifies regularly before Congress and state legislatures on the failure of our retirement institutions to support individuals in their efforts to accumulate retirement savings, including multiple appearances before the  U.S. House of Representatives Education and the Workforce Committee.

  • New School for Social Research Dean and former Economics Professor Will Milberg and SCEPA Research Associate Sheba Tejani presented their working paper, “Global Defeminization? Industrial Upgrading, Occupational Segmentation and Manufacturing Employment in Middle-Income Countries” at the World Bank in the spring of 2010.

  • Economics Professor Willi Semmler presented a policy brief resulting from a 2010 SCEPA conference on the economics of climate change at the Advanced Graduate Workshop led by Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and co-hosted by the Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI) and the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Columbia University (IPD).
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